Today we are going to look at the last part of our Psalm 34:8 series! It says at the end of the verse that those who seek refuge in the Lord are happy and blessed. But what does it mean to seek refuge in Him?
In John 8:2-10 we read of a woman who is caught in adultery and is brought to Jesus by the Pharisees. As we all know, Jesus’ response is life-giving: “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” (v. 7)
– “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
– “No one, Lord.”
– “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
To seek refuge in God is to trust in His goodness and to come boldly before His throne. We are safest when we are with Him. Do you think you went too far with your sin?
Blessed and happy are those who seek refuge in Him. Because they shall obtain mercy and find grace to help them in time of need.
What if you went to court for a crime you committed and were sentenced to punishment, even to death? Are you wondering what this question has to do with being blessed and happy?
Just yesterday I had a vision where Jesus carried me up the stairs to a mountain summit. The accuser appeared on the other side and started heaping accusations against me.
κατάκριμα (katákrima) = (from katá, “down, according to,” and kríma, “the results of judgment”); thus, the exact sentence of condemnation handed down after due process of establishing guilt.*
Katakrima. The enemy was trying to make me receive justpunishment. But Jesus hid me behind His back and I remember just burying my face into His back and holding tight onto His clothes.
You walk according to the live-giving works of the Spirit now, not the dead works of your own flesh. The enemy cannot sentence you to eternal damnation as long as you remain in Jesus Christ. Is this not incredibly good?
If you do not see yourself as happy and blessed still, I do not know what else can make you truly happy! I mean it! I need to remind myself constantly about this, too!
Just look at His beauty. Behold His glory and remain there with a grateful, praising heart. And you will find yourself in a state of peaceful happiness.